Destination Showcase: Colorado

Jul 17, 2018 at 13:12
by Pinkbike Originals  

COLORADO
Winter Park, Steamboat Springs, Snowmass, Carbondale, Durango
Photography, Words & Video: Tory Powers
Presented by Colorado Tourism


Colorado is easily one of the best locations on the planet for mountain biking. To truly experience and show everybody how good Colorado really is, we took a five-stop trip through the best riding the state has to offer. From north to south, and east to west, our path was Winter Park, to Steamboat Springs, to Aspen / Snowmass, to Carbondale, to Durango. We rode completely different styles of trail in each location and got to ride in some spots that even us locals hadn’t heard much about.




Trestle Bike Park at Winter Park


Our first leg of the trip started at a familiar Colorado destination: Winter Park + Trestle Bike Park. Trestle is one of the world’s largest bike parks, with over 40 miles of gravity trail and an expansion of another 10 over the next few years. Trestle is known for being a progressive mountain with beginner to expert terrain and the largest rental fleet in the US.

Not uncommon we experienced a quick early morning monsoon that left the normally dry dirt perfectly tacky.
Not uncommon, we experienced a quick early morning monsoon that left the normally dry dirt perfectly tacky.
It came in handy so that we could enjoy crepes french toast and sausage amp biscuits at Goody s Mountain Creperie right at the base.
It came in handy so that we could enjoy crepes, french toast, and sausage & biscuits at Goody’€™s Mountain Creperie right at the base.

After the 30 minute downpour we got to hop on the lifts right as they opened. We went straight for Shy Ann a blue that s frequented by beginner riders but is actually one of the most underrated trails at the park.
After the 30 minute downpour, we got to hop on the lifts right as they opened. We went straight for Shy Ann, a blue that's frequented by beginner riders but is actually one of the most underrated trails at the park.

Blue Crush another blue trail on the mountain that s full of fast flowy turns and rollers.
Blue Crush, another blue trail on the mountain that's full of fast, flowy turns and rollers.
No Quarter is arguably one of the most fun trails on the mountain being a very free ride oriented trail. Wood features fast turns and big jumps make this one of a kind trail.
No Quarter is arguably one of the most fun trails on the mountain, being a very free ride oriented trail. Wood features, fast turns, and big jumps make this one of a kind trail.

We got a sneak preview of Dirty Dozen Trestle s newest trail. This trail is super fun having a mix of backcountry style rock gardens and machine built berms to keep up your speed.
We got a sneak preview of Dirty Dozen, Trestle’€™s newest trail. This trail is super fun, having a mix of backcountry style rock gardens and machine built berms to keep up your speed.

One of the coolest aspects of Trestle Bike Park is that it leads to over 600 miles of backcountry trails that are maintained by a local nonprofit. We didn t go quite as far out as we could but we hit a Trestle classic- Mountain Goat which is their Old-school DH trail. With long rock sections and nothing really manicured except the North Shore style rainbow skinny going over the creek it s similar to what you d find exploring the backcountry.
One of the coolest aspects of Trestle Bike Park is that it leads to over 600 miles of backcountry trails that are maintained by a local nonprofit. We didn’€™t go quite as far out as we could, but we hit a Trestle classic- Mountain Goat, which is their €œOld-school DH trail. With long rock sections and nothing really manicured (except the North Shore style rainbow skinny going over the creek), it’€™s similar to what you‒d find exploring the backcountry.
We ended the day starting at the top with Rainmaker Trestle s famous nearly top-to bottom jump trail. They just redid the top section making the jumps into their lippy version of a long and low which Amy and Kevin got pretty comfortable on.
We ended the day starting at the top with Rainmaker, Trestle'€™s famous nearly top-to bottom jump trail. They just redid the top section making the jumps into their lippy version of a long and low, which Amy and Kevin got pretty comfortable on.

We took a turn to their current downhill trail Trestle DH. Their lower section Amy says is her favorite trail on the mountain. It s chunky fast and has some wood features including a big drop out of the trees.
We took a turn to their current downhill trail, Trestle DH. Their lower section Amy says is her favorite trail on the mountain. It's chunky, fast, and has some wood features including a big drop out of the trees.

Trestle is notorious for being a very free ride oriented mountain. Amy and Kevin couldn t get enough of Space Ape a relatively short leg towards the bottom with a line of 3 big step downs heading straight into a fast rock section.
Trestle is notorious for being a very free ride oriented mountain. Amy and Kevin couldn’t get enough of Space Ape, a relatively short leg towards the bottom with a line of 3 big step downs heading straight into a fast rock section.

We couldn’t help but celebrate a perfect day of riding with one of the local’s favorite spots - Pizza Pedl’r.

Look forward to next year when their new gondola will take you to the top in 5.5 minutes, less than half of the time it currently takes.




Steamboat Springs and Steamboat Bike Park


Just under 2 hours northwest of Winter Park into the Rocky Mountains lies Steamboat Springs. A very famous ski town is now known as “Bike Town USA.” With over 500 miles of single track, it’s no wonder.

Our first day consisted entirely of backcountry. We went to the Bear Creek area and started at around 10K feet, above treeline. With nearly 360 degree views, the abundance of mosquitoes was basically forgotten. We were blown away to see that the entire first section was like a chunky minefield. Think Moab slick rock but exactly the opposite of slick. Lines everywhere. Upper Bear Creek is a double black, but there are countless trails in the area for all skill levels.

When I said lines everywhere I meant it.
When I said lines everywhere, I meant it.

Streams lakes and different types of vegetation were everywhere. Our guide and bike park manager Trevyn Newpher blasting a natural step down.
Streams, lakes, and different types of vegetation were everywhere. Our guide and bike park manager, Trevyn Newpher blasting a natural step down.
Fast singletrack was nothing short of common on Upper Bear Creek. I don t know if I was going crazy but I swear the rest of the trail smelled just like honey. As the wildflowers became more common the riding began to open up and get a lot dustier.
Fast singletrack was nothing short of common on Upper Bear Creek. I don'€™t know if I was going crazy, but I swear the rest of the trail smelled just like honey. As the wildflowers became more common, the riding began to open up and get a lot dustier.

The trail was mostly a combination of switchbacks open fast sections and the occasional steep chute.
The trail was mostly a combination of switchbacks, open fast sections, and the occasional steep chute.

Trevyn demonstrating proper technique for the creek crossing.
Trevyn demonstrating proper technique for the creek crossing.
We had so much fun hitting this turn at the most scenic spot on the Panorama trail that we barely left in time to avoid the storm that blew in.
We had so much fun hitting this turn at the most scenic spot on the Panorama trail that we barely left in time to avoid the storm that blew in.

The Strawberry Hot Springs are one of the most famous hot springs in Colorado. It s the perfect place to let your body recover after a full day of backcountry.
The Strawberry Hot Springs are one of the most famous hot springs in Colorado. It'€™s the perfect place to let your body recover after a full day of backcountry.

STEAMBOAT BIKE PARK

Sadly we were put on rain delay until 12pm, which shifted to hail delay. Colorado’s summer weather can change in an instant. This rain and hail ended up creating amazing riding for when the sun popped out not 30 minutes later, switching back and forth between light rain.

We basically only rode two trails, and that’s all we needed. Flying Diamond, their jump trail, which is expected to go top to bottom or about 3k of vertical, and Bucking Bronco, another jump trail with some freeride wood features.

Amy, who has spent a ton of time in Whistler over the last year, explains Flying Diamond as being a “better Dirt Merchant.” Pretty high praise.

The first section in the aspens on Flying Diamond are a couple big swooping turns into an on - off.
The first section in the aspens on Flying Diamond are a couple big, swooping turns into an on - off.

Kevin who hails from a BMX background shows his racer style on one of the jumps
Kevin, who hails from a BMX background, shows his racer style on one of the jumps
After crossing the road are four jumps in a straight line that I didn t even have to ask for one more on because Amy and Kevin would do it no question. Amy was never content with how big she could throw her whips even when she was blowing the rest of us out of the water.
After crossing the road are four jumps in a straight line that I didn't even have to ask for "€œone more"€ on, because Amy and Kevin would do it no question. Amy was never content with how big she could throw her whips even when she was blowing the rest of us out of the water.



Snowmass

Nostalgic to myself and the others who used to race the Mountain States Cup back in the day, Snowmass has come a long way. Now hosting things like the EWS and BME, their bike park is the real deal. Snowmass is known for its “moondust,” which is some of the softest, finest dirt you’ll find. And like our guide Tyler Lindsay said, “The South Park episode of Aspen is pretty accurate,” so take that with a grain of salt.

Their bike park is nearly 3000 vertical feet, with 14.5 miles of trail and immediate access to another 80 miles of modern and classic XC/DH trails. They’re approved to build another 13 miles of trail over the next couple of summers along with a dedicated beginner skills park mid-mountain.

One of the crowd favorites was Valhalla their black jump trail. Going top to bottom it s a pretty sweet way to make it down the mountain.
One of the crowd favorites was Valhalla, their black jump trail. Going top to bottom, it'€™s a pretty sweet way to make it down the mountain.
A wallride with a view.
A wallride with a view.

Amy and Kevin couldn t get enough of this section. The best spot for heckling races on the mountain this triple set was one of the most fun jump lines on the trip.
Amy and Kevin couldn'€™t get enough of this section. The best spot for heckling races on the mountain, this triple set was one of the most fun jump lines on the trip.

Amy and Kevin jumping in front of the Maroon Bells the most photographed mountains in the country which we support.
Amy and Kevin jumping in front of the Maroon Bells, the most photographed mountains in the country, which we support.
Snowmass was basically a bike park plopped in a place for sightseeing.
Snowmass was basically a bike park plopped in a place for sightseeing.

It s not just moon dust there are rocks here too.
It's not just moon dust, there are rocks here, too.

Amy and Kevin found something they can both enjoy that s not just bikes with the mid-mountain Breathtaker Alpine Coaster. Dodging the usual eye-sore of these being at the base it was hidden in the trees. When waiting in line one kid said this isn t THAT extreme guys. We beg to differ. New to the mountain this year along with a zipline and rope course in the trees the Lost Forest mountain adventure center was RAD. We don t usually fall into tourist traps like these but this one was worth experiencing.
Amy and Kevin found something they can both enjoy that's not just bikes with the mid-mountain Breathtaker Alpine Coaster. Dodging the usual eye-sore of these being at the base, it was hidden in the trees. When waiting in line, one kid said "this isn'€™t THAT extreme, guys."€ We beg to differ. New to the mountain this year along with a zipline and rope course in the trees, the Lost Forest mountain adventure center was RAD. We don'€™t usually fall into tourist traps like these, but this one was worth experiencing.
The Maroon Bells claim the most picturesque spot sitting at the top of the second lift at Snowmass.
The Maroon Bells claim the most picturesque spot, sitting at the top of the second lift at Snowmass.

Our sneak peek of the new trail called French Press on the top section of the mountain. It was our favorite trail on the mountain so make sure to check it out when it s open in the next couple of weeks. If you like fast straights and big berms this is the trail for you.
Our sneak peek of the new trail called "€œFrench Press"€ on the top section of the mountain. It was our favorite trail on the mountain, so make sure to check it out when it's open in the next couple of weeks. If you like fast straights and big berms, this is the trail for you.

Our evening consisted of some lift-access backcountry style trails. We pedaled a couple ridges over to find one of my personal favorite spots. We rode the Expresso trail to Cross Mtn. Trail Trestle to Village Bound to get to this amazing location. We couldn t have asked for a better way to end the Snowmass stop. By far the best sunset we saw- we just wanted to sit there and watch.
Our evening consisted of some lift-access backcountry style trails. We pedaled a couple ridges over to find one of my personal favorite spots. We rode the Expresso trail to Cross Mtn. Trail/Trestle to Village Bound to get to this amazing location. We couldn'€™t have asked for a better way to end the Snowmass stop. By far the best sunset we saw- we just wanted to sit there and watch.




Carbondale

Just a measly 40 minutes north-west of Aspen / Snowmass lies Carbondale, a true hidden gem that isn’t talked about much in terms of the Colorado riding scene. The entire town sits in a valley with Mt. Sopris jutting up seemingly out of nowhere. It’s a true sight. With Sedona style Red Hill on one side of town, and fast gullies on the opposite, it’s the perfect place to ride everything.

We got hooked up with Aloha Mountain Cyclery, which had the most hospitable and generous team we experienced on the whole trip. Plus, their shuttle vehicle is super rad, even if it may be one of the most incapable shuttle vehicles out there. But hey, looks are everything.

Sam Stevens our main guide was ready to get sendy with us.
Sam Stevens, our main guide, was ready to get sendy with us.
The shuttle vehicle cruising up towards Prince Creek where some of the most fun trails we rode were at.
The shuttle vehicle cruising up towards Prince Creek, where some of the most fun trails we rode were at.

The top of the shuttleable Prince Creek area on the trail Father Ginormous which is a downhill trail that starts at about 9 000 feet and is a fast flowy blue black. This trail was literally like a snake run the entire way down. Very little technical bits with swooping turns. So in other words this was super fun.
The top of the shuttleable Prince Creek area, on the trail Father Ginormous, which is a downhill trail that starts at about 9,000 feet and is a fast, flowy blue/black. This trail was literally like a snake run the entire way down. Very little technical bits with swooping turns. So, in other words, this was super fun.

A true classic landmark of Carbondale riding was this old Monte Carlo. It may be slowly sinking into the ground over the years but it s definitely a unique feature to end on.
A true classic landmark of Carbondale riding was this old Monte Carlo. It may be slowly sinking into the ground over the years, but it's definitely a unique feature to end on.
Sushi is a must after a day of hot riding.
Sushi is a must after a day of hot riding.

than generous by offering up their one-off 27.5 dirtjump bike weighing just over 20 lbs. This thing was FAST. Carbon components and a Gates carbon belt drive really put this thing on a new level. Amy was definitely a fan.
Also downtown is a public bike park with pump tracks, dirt jumps, and some on the hill slopestyle features. Being that we didn’t have dirtjump bikes with us, Why Cycles was more than generous by offering up their one-off 27.5 dirtjump bike, weighing just over 20 lbs. This thing was FAST. Carbon components and a Gates carbon belt drive really put this thing on a new level. Amy was definitely a fan.

Night riding wasn t even a question when we brought it up. There is very easy access to good night riding just outside of town in Prince Creek. We hit it right at the full moon so you could see the trail your surroundings and Mt. Sopris pretty well even without a light.
Night riding wasn'€™t even a question when we brought it up. There is very easy access to good night riding just outside of town in Prince Creek. We hit it right at the full moon, so you could see the trail, your surroundings, and Mt. Sopris pretty well even without a light.
Riding until midnight we took a quick 3.5 hour nap and we were up at 3 45am to head over in the dark to ride up Red Hill. It was pitch black at the start which made for some interesting uphill. However sunrise at the top was unbelievable. With some pretty gnarly exposure on every side I made Kevin and Amy stand on the mushroom heads a lot longer than they were comfortable for.
Riding until midnight, we took a quick 3.5 hour nap and we were up at 3:45am to head over in the dark to ride up Red Hill. It was pitch black at the start, which made for some interesting uphill. However, sunrise at the top was unbelievable. With some pretty gnarly exposure on every side, I made Kevin and Amy stand on the "mushroom heads"€ a lot longer than they were comfortable for.

Red Hill is full of tall shrubbery as well. Not normally an early riser one of our guides Sam said he will be doing a lot more morning rides.
Red Hill is by far the best place around for a sunrise shoot. With an east facing mountain, it’s the first face to light up in the morning. Not uncommon to the area, Red Hill is full of tall shrubbery as well. Not normally an early riser, one of our guides Sam said he will be doing a lot more morning rides.

After the meadows you head into what really feels like Sedona. Identical vegetation and dirt made this feel like we were nowhere near where we had ridden the day before. Chunky rocks and fine dirt lined the mountain.
After the meadows, you head into what really feels like Sedona. Identical vegetation and dirt made this feel like we were nowhere near where we had ridden the day before. Chunky rocks and fine dirt lined the mountain.





Durango

The last leg of our trip was Durango. We took the route that heads through Ouray, one of the most remote, yet beautiful mountain towns, on what they call the Million Dollar Highway.

Durango makes you feel like you’re in the old west. But in a good way. Not the gun-slingin', sheriff dodging kind. The buildings are dated, but they are full of history. On top of it being an interesting town with lots to do, there are over 300 miles of trails only 30 minutes from downtown. The best part of this is that a lot of it you can ride to directly from wherever you’re staying.

We met up with cross country Olympian Travis Brown, so we were prepared to get our butts kicked hard. He took us up to Engineer Mountain Trail, a staple of Durango. With 2400 feet of elevation gain, and a summit of nearly 13000 feet, you feel like you’re on Everest. Of course, while we were huffing and puffing our way up, Travis acted like it was a morning stroll.

None of us had spent a lot of time down in Durango, so we didn’t really know what to expect. Being nine days into a trip, our bodies surely didn’t feel like riding. However, when we got to the summit, it’s like somebody flipped a switch. Nearly 360 degree views and being all the way above treeline was absolutely spectacular. Every color of wildflower lined the trail and it was by far the best view on the entire trip.


Amy and Kevin cruising through a meadow that looked like it was out of a movie.
Amy and Kevin cruising through a meadow that looked like it was out of a movie.
A mix of tall plants and columbines made it really feel like the Colorado everybody talks about. We finally dropped back down into the trees and things got a lot more rooty and technical. With switchbacks basically the entire way down it made the descent last forever which we loved.
A mix of tall plants and columbines made it really feel like the Colorado everybody talks about. We finally dropped back down into the trees and things got a lot more rooty and technical. With switchbacks basically the entire way down, it made the descent last forever, which we loved.

It wasn t too long before we got into an aspen grove. Things started getting a bit faster but also a bit dustier.
It wasn'€™t too long before we got into an aspen grove. Things started getting a bit faster, but also a bit dustier.

We kept trying to just enjoy the trail and ride for a bit but we couldn t help stopping to shoot every 100 yards. Vegetation and aspens seem to go together here. Golden light lit up this grove like it was an evening ride.
We kept trying to just enjoy the trail and ride for a bit, but we couldn't help stopping to shoot every 100 yards. Vegetation and aspens seem to go together here. Golden light lit up this grove like it was an evening ride.
After the 10 mile trail Amy and Kevin were stoked to remember we had brought along some power cookies from Bread a bakery in town.
After the 10-mile trail, Amy and Kevin were stoked to remember we had brought along some power cookies from "Bread,"€ a bakery in town.

We went for another ride in the evening, but this time it was just outside of town. We went up to ride Haflin trail, which Amy claims is one of the best trails she’s ever ridden. You get to experience lush, green with fast steep sections at the very top, and eventually get into more Sedona style riding by the time you get to the bottom. Make sure your brakes are bled, though, because you’re gonna be on them.


A horned lizard paid us a little visit while we stopped on the climb.
A horned lizard paid us a little visit while we stopped on the climb.
If you re in Durango and like going down hills you need to ride Haflin. This was the last bit of trail in an old burn zone before it changed to the Sedona-style of riding.
If you’re in Durango and like going down hills, you need to ride Haflin. This was the last bit of trail in an old burn zone before it changed to the Sedona-style of riding.

It was like night and day when the dirt changed. It wasn t a slow transition- all of a sudden we were in the desert.
It was like night and day when the dirt changed. It wasn'€™t a slow transition- all of a sudden we were in the desert.




Just because we all call Colorado home, we aren’t biased by saying this is some of the best riding in the country. Amy travels around in an RV, and Kevin coaches across the country, but yet still find themselves loving Colorado the most. There aren’t a lot of places that you can drive a couple of hours to experience a totally different style of riding, and there are even less that you can do that all in one town of one trail. However, Colorado has all of that. It may be a popular location to ride your bike, but with how expansive and diverse the terrain is, running into people isn’t as common as you’d think.

Colorado sucks, don’t come here.

- Sincerely, a Colorado native


Colorado Mountain Biking Trails

Pinkbike would like to thank:
Trestle Bike Park at Winter Park
Steamboat Springs Bike Park
Snowmass Bike Park
Carbondale and Aloha Mountain Cyclery
Durango

Presented by Colorado Tourism.
To learn more about biking in Colorado or to book a trip, visit www.colorado.com.

Riders: Amy Shenton @djamyapplesauce & Kevin Stiffler @coachkevinllb


MENTIONS: @pinkbikeoriginals



147 Comments

  • + 77
 Nothing to see here. Move along.
  • + 38
 Yeh, Colorado sucks. Colorado is Spanish for "not fun"
  • + 15
 And the weed is terrible compared to other places.
  • + 12
 Yeh, it is super crowded and hard to breathe... that's why you always see people from Colorado riding in other states.
  • + 11
 Yea avoid Colorado. the natives suck
  • + 5
 @Chasen911: how else do you fill a bong chamber?
  • + 5
 I know, build a wall! Thatll work
  • + 37
 Well this will only increase the amounts of Cubs fans moving to Colorado, hashtaging the f$ck out of everything,purchasing Yetis and floundering down trails.
  • + 20
 Damn that Yeti local company making sales and having a following. Bastards!
  • + 1
 colorado or the front range?
  • + 2
 I wish this wasn't true. There are already a bunch of those types here.
  • + 4
 Can’t wait for all the hipster #vanlife joeys and YouTubers to move the hell out of western NC and into Colorado (sorry, #coloRADo)
  • + 3
 @SangamonTaylor: Oh you'd be mistaken if you think they have not invaded CO as well. No place is sacred anymore.
  • + 1
 Yep, Colorado is doomed... its time to move north to Bend! Miss you brotha, we are gonna come visit soon!
  • + 5
 Well to me that's a hell of a lot better then the lycra clad XC wannabe pros riding fully rigid bikes because "they like to feel the ground", then telling me my fully trail bike is "too much" for trails around here (as I beat them on the descent)...this is life in Minnesota as a mountain biker.
  • + 2
 @taurausmountain: HA. Ya we gotta get a place here soon. The trails 45 min away are unreal!
  • + 3
 @cpcleverly: I'm going to play this on every tv in every brew pub and indie coffee shop from Whistler and Squamish to the North Shore to lure them all away from here.

jk - you foreigners are welcome here. Just be polite, don't litter, and don't wreck stuff.
  • + 2
 @SangamonTaylor: its fine if they ride. Can we send some of the burning-man wannabe party-campers back to the east though? It's been years since I've even bothered with camping near Moab, and the good spots near Salida, Crested Butte, Steamboat, and Keystone have been shut-down after the hippies started feeding the bears. Thanks, weed-industry!
  • + 35
 "why are bike parts so expensive??"...."Sushi is a must after a day of hot riding."
  • + 3
 I caught that too! lol.
  • + 12
 Maybe the author knows something I don't, but I always felt that if you were getting sushi in Colorado, you were doing it wrong.
  • + 1
 @kjjohnson: I hate seafood and Carbondale did sushi right.
  • + 2
 @torypowers: hmm, OK. I'm a fan of sushi and have spent time in Carbondale, so now I'm curious where you went.

As an east coast transplant living in CO, maybe I let my prejudices get the better of me. My apologies.
  • + 1
 @kjjohnson: seafood is frozen. you can get excellent seafood anywhere in the country. have you not been to izakaya den?
  • - 1
 @jwrendenver: disagree. I've traveled all over your country and was constantly amazed at what people shove down their gullets. The most surprising was trying to find good shrimp in Florida. Stop deep frying everything!!!
  • + 1
 @jwrendenver: No I have not, but I'll make it a point to. Thanks for the recommendation.
  • + 31
 No Colorado sucks, the beer is warm, you don’t want to come.



(Damnit PB there are too many people here already)
  • + 26
 Says the guy from Wyoming.
  • + 8
 We only have 3.2 beer.
  • + 4
 @adrennan: A hit of Legal will compensate for that.
  • + 15
 In all reality, there are way too many people on planet Earth and it's getting worse
  • + 15
 @mkul7r4: I'm doing my part to help with that by not having kids!
  • + 2
 Your damn right about that colorado blows huge sweaty butts
  • + 1
 @mkul7r4: The vast majority of the planet is unpopulated by humans. The problem is that people are stupid enough to move to the same tiny, congested, area as the rest of the idiots that already live there.
  • + 16
 i hear if you move to CO you should move to the front range. no point in living anywhere else. it's cool down there, i swear. denver is cool.
  • + 4
 don't believe the hype denver has great skiing!
  • + 40
 The best place to live in CO is Pueblo! Tell all your friends!
  • + 13
 @galvarado719: I heard Limon has some gnarly dh trails right next to town
  • + 2
 Denver is the best place in colorado for sure!
  • + 7
 Denver actually does rock, there are awesome job opportunities for those who don't want to be ski bums or bartenders...Play in the mtns on the weekends.
  • + 8
 Denver has one of the best underground metal scenes in the country right now.
  • - 5
flag underhawk (Jul 18, 2018 at 14:01) (Below Threshold)
 vail resorts is great!
  • + 2
 Trinidad is dope AF.
  • + 3
 @galvarado719: For as shitty of a town Pueblo is there is quite a bit of good XC riding and recreation in the area.
  • + 6
 Isnt Manitou just another fork in the road? Or do they have something new springing up?
  • + 2
 @Boardlife69:

Man-it's-too late for puns
  • + 2
 Which restaurant do you work at?
  • + 1
 @jwrendenver:

I heard Ho Mei is good
  • + 1
 @cpcleverly: speaking as a Pueblo native, the trail system at Lake Pueblo State Park is pretty fun if you're into year round high desert riding. Plenty of XC stuff and technical canyons for those that want more. As far as the town, just mind your own business and everything is fine. As far as security for bikes, I lock my bikes up no matter where I go. Thieves are everywhere.
  • + 1
 @galvarado719: HAHAHAHA! YES I fully agree
  • + 2
 Plus one for that! My buddy was in a awesome metal band and is now touring with parkway drive, devil wears Prada and agust burns red @endlessblockades:
  • + 9
 Colorado is great. Bring your own water though. They sold all theirs to other states and had a terrible snow year. It’ll be dust and fires for awhile.
  • + 5
 Wait, all these comments telling me Colorado is no good and I should go somewhere else? Deep down to these people really think Colorado is great but they don’t want any other people to show up, or are they just trying to give me some solid advice? I’m totally confused. So is it really ColoRADo, or not so much? I purchased a Colorado flag t-shirt and trucker cap last time I had a layover in the Denver airport. If I wear these items when I come to sample the mtb goods there, I assume people will think I was born and raised there and tell me the truth. Correct?
  • + 1
 There are a lot of sarcastic comments in this thread.
  • + 3
 LOL, when someone is on the outside of an inside joke...
  • + 5
 "Upper Bear Creek" (in Steamboat) as you call it here is actually called "Grouse" Trail - just an FYI in case people are looking for it on Trailforks but can't find it. And yah - it's as rad as it looks! Always good to see a showcase of a place I call home! If anyone comes to visit Steamboat hit me up!
  • + 2
 I've lived in Steamboat for over 20 years and never heard of a "Bear Creek Area". On TrailForks, the whole area is referred to as Buffalo Pass, as it should be. I guess using a name no one knows will keep people off of it.
  • + 1
 I was thinking the same thing, but there is an upper and lower bear creek just to the NW of Buffalo pass shown on Trailforks...
  • + 2
 yupp they got the name wrong. it is Grouse trail can be accessed from flash of gold or the fire road. idk how they could possibly call it upper bear creek, but having helped build it i can tell you that information is erroneous.
  • + 1
 Aha yes you’re right. Definitely wrote down the wrong name. Good catch!
  • + 3
 Sweet write up and a great dude, and if you happen to need lessons Kevin is great. That said always glad to take friends around some of the local spots but its crowded enough around here, don't give away all the secrets! A few of my favorite, often not busy, spots are listed here. Like many have said Pueblo Lake State Park is where the real goods are at...
  • + 5
 Usually I’d be making comments about how the state is full, but hell I’m moving to the PNW soon so f*ck it, come one come all you midwestern and east coast turds!
  • + 1
 i'll work twice as hard for you and will be on the lookout for your new comments.
  • - 1
 @jtayabji: just remember, you have jerry 18 road on your favorite trail list.... so there's that. I look forward to it buddy.
  • + 0
 @andnyleswillriot: isn't that the cool double black zone? i also have killington, the KT, and the CT. as you can tell, i really went for the underground route. thanks for reading my profile though, so many people just swipe based on my shred pics.
  • + 4
 My other half grew up in CO & thinks there should be special mention for the Californian turds. Having spent time there myself, I agree!
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 @IdRatherNotPeddle: they are the best drivers!
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 @jtayabji: you're welcome
  • + 0
 @andnyleswillriot: miss you already
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 @jtayabji: xoxo
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 @andnyleswillriot: they call it the ten mile range because it’s ten miles long! for sure!
  • + 7
 The best place to live in CO is Pueblo!
  • + 1
 Lmfao yeah move there !
  • + 3
 if you can manage to avoid i70 and the front range in it's entirety, colorado is a swell place. the challenge is finding any work in those small towns, or being able to afford rent. there's so much potential for epic trails in colorado, but your land managers SUCK, and the local trails and dominated by equestrian and hiker groups. still, killer bike parks. ripping steamboat then going to strawberry hotsprings is the best. killer camping off buffalo pass.
  • + 1
 One of my favorite things to do is post about low key spots that I love on an international forum so other people can go there all the time! It's great because when I go back there are thousands of people. Glad you share the same passion. Just kidding . .
  • + 7
 Nah, go to Wyoming. Colorado sucks.
  • + 3
 The biggest downside to riding out here in CO the land management. There is so much more potential, and many riders willing to put in the hours to make it happen. They just shut shit down before we even get started.
And of course the tourists are a pain in the ass, but they mostly stick to the well known trails and leave the goods alone.
PSA: just cause you can ride blacks at home, doesn’t mean you should jump into them here.
  • + 3
 So many negative a-holes....wow. Live and let live folks. I live in Denver, moved here in 2009 so I must be a POS by default because I am not 'Native'. My bet is many of those complaining moved to Colorado from somewhere else as well.
  • + 5
 Hey i recognize grouse there in the steamboat section. I helped build that trail. Glad to see our work @ RCR ( Routt County Riders) In the news feed!
  • + 2
 You’re a hero. Those trails are amazing.
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 @torypowers: thanks! il pass on the praises to the rest of the crew too. have a great season out there!!
  • + 2
 Colorado sucks, tell all your friends...

J/K

On a serious note, excellent photo epic... you treasonous swines. No but really, it is great, I ride everyday, I have no problem with more riders or hikers... just tell those gomer equestrians, and non-outdoorsy people to stay home. Oh, and you can't move to the Rockies, and complain about snow/cold... looking at you California and Texas transplants. LOL
  • + 2
 My first job out of college was in CO in the 90's. Front Range. But up in Teller Cnty. Was there recently. Wow, mostly the same except for weed shops and traffic.....oh my. So weird, where is everyone coming from? Roads that were lightly used in early 2000's were packed. I25 was bumper to bumper from highlands ranch to larkspur......I was shocked at the traffic....
  • + 5
 This should not be released as one article as its too epic. In love with all the shots!
  • + 5
 Stay tuned for a possible follow up article - there were so many amazing images that we should probably showcase the B-roll too. A testament to Tory and the ride crew.
  • + 3
 Theres still so much to see! Thanks for the support everybody!
  • + 1
 If Colorado is so great how come crankworx stopped coming here and why did Colorado FreeRide Fest die???? Colorado is still def not B C. If you do ride around there might as well skip colorado and head straight to Angel Fire!!!
  • + 4
 CFF Didn't die. It's just postponed this year due to lot of Construction @ Winter Park. It will be back next season!!
  • + 2
 Angel Fire fricken rocks
  • + 1
 So mutch of Mother Earth ,so wide and long landskapes 1.000.000 : 500.000 frames, so fluid trails ,i will never go there neither want it, no way i will sicken for sure.And probably get lost out there and dont want to be found.
  • + 1
 you skipped crested butte! That, and steamboat, are the real gems of colorado. Durango just has a bunch of XC trails and is trying to get on the map. But yeah, colorado is awesome. you should all move to colorado. there's nothing to see in the PNW. move along.
  • + 1
 Durango was actually one of my personal favorite stops. A lot more than xc there!
  • + 1
 WOW... this "C-O-L-R-A-D-O" you speak of seems really remarkable. I'm surprised more people haven't heard of this place! It's a good think PinkBike is on the forefront of the newest and hard to find mountain bike destinations so that this "secret gem" of a riding location doesn't go unnoticed... think of all the tourist dollars that could be pulled in by a state if people new what kind of riding they had. It's almost like a huge chain of mountains goes right through the state!!!??? Crazy...



Juuuuuuuuuuuuuust kidn... Smile
  • + 3
 I guarantee most of the people complaining that CO is overcrowded (which it is) aren't even natives. Transplants can't complain about transplants.
  • + 16
 you're all transplants unless you're native american.
  • + 1
 WHY ARE TOO MANY PEOPLE ON HERE ARE SO WANT THE TRAILS ALL TO THEMSELVES. I thought MTB folks are more humble and sharing. Isn't that biking is all about- meeting different people with the same hobby and share the trails. MTB community isn't big but seem like some of your EGO and SELFISHNESS are bigger than anything. And the funny thing is MOST OF YOU don't even build these trails. I talked to many builders and most of them love to have people come to shred their trails. I have met many awesome riders on the trails and I feel so fit in no matter who or what race/ethnicity they are, it brings us closer together. This is what this country needs and I hope MTB community is that- not separating and "ALL MINE" mentality. Keep shredding!
  • + 2
 Stoked on the timing of this, used to live in CO moved to MN for school and stuck here for a few more years. But planning a trip for the end of August for some trestle ripping!
  • + 4
 OUTSIDE MAGAZINE RUINED COLORADO FIRST!!!!!!
  • + 2
 Great article however the comment about Flying Diamond being a better version of Dirt Merchant is first of all blasphemous and 100% "fake news" Wink
  • + 4
 Amy did not get paid by Steamboat to say that. Her words, not theirs!
  • + 2
 Seriously! I was thinking the same thing. Dirt Merchant will not be matched.
  • + 3
 I can't believe no one has noticed/commented on the sick riding. That GIRL is throwing sideways whips.
  • + 1
 YES! Love seeing Bonedale getting some love. Glenwood Springs born and raised, the Monte Carlo up Prince Creek was my, and many other Roaring Fork Valley native's first North Shore style feature cleared.
  • + 3
 What kind of loser goes to steamboat bike park and doesn't ride rawhide? Hands down best trail on the mountain.
  • + 1
 Oh we rode Rawhide every lap. Just only focused on Flying Diamond and Bucking Bronco, which are two highlights of the park for sure!
  • + 2
 I moved to CO this past year and the only downside seems to be that people who have lived here a while can't stop bitching about... literally anything and everything.
  • + 0
 You just have to ignore them, they’re idiots. I remember I was scouting a trailhead and I had my son with me who at the time was about 3 yrs old. Some locals, in front of my son, very rudely and condescending, told me not to put the trail head location on the internet. Funny thing is, it was the internet where I got my info for the trail. Did was just rude and arrogant and I paid no mind to him. That’s not the majority of the MTB population but you will run into them. I always rode alone or with a buddy of mine that was also from CA and we just minded our own business.
  • + 1
 @CaliCol: The craziest thing is that the trails on the front range are less crowded than the trails I am used to riding... in southeast Michigan... I guess I'm just used to the friendly midwest mtb scene where everyone is stoked to see more people getting into riding bikes... not complaining that there are more people on 'my' trails.
  • + 2
 We have a saying up here in Wyoming...."I bet you were cool in Colorado" ;-)
  • + 2
 What would a trip like this cost? Id be driving from MO and trying to get a general idea of a price of say, a 1 week trip like this. Id be camping mostly.
  • + 10
 At least $69
  • + 6
 You can camp virtually anywhere in CO so that's essentially free. These are all over the state so just map out miles and calculate gas from that. Food costs the same as anywhere else in the US so figure that out. Then if you are doing the bike parks, they are usually like $45 a day or $35 for a half day (afternoon). And then like $200 for beer and you're golden. Oh and if you are from the east coast, you might want to include moving costs because like every other person from the east that visits CO, you will inevitably move here.
  • + 6
 Tree fiddy
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 @carsonsucks503: Thank you Fuel will be the biggest cost for me. Stupid question, but, how do I find free range camping?
  • + 2
 about tree fiddy...
  • + 5
 @carsonsucks503:
Dont forget weed money
  • + 1
 @Primo123: trailforks can show you! besides that, there are a lot of apps and sites that should help, such as what @speed10 pointed out. i would walk back the comment about being able to camp virtually anywhere, but it does kinda feel that way. just obey the signs, don't poop in a river, don't start a forest fire while smoking weed, bla bla bla bla. between BLM and USFS you definitely have options for days. also, grocery prices can vary throughout the state. i'd do a grocery trip on the front range before you headed into the mountains.
  • + 2
 @Primo123: google is killin it these days
  • + 1
 @carsonsucks503: hard to beat our rain humidity and bugs
  • + 4
 Crested butte fucking sucks too, don't go there
  • + 2
 shh. shut up.
  • - 1
 I don’t remember what article it was but I got smashed for stating that CA isn’t all that great, which I still hold to. After this video and reliving memories of my 4 years in CO all I have to say is that all you Cali jackwagons that hated on me can get lost.
  • + 3
 Haflin Creek Trail really is one of the best I've ever been on
  • + 1
 @mkul7r4 Actually the US population and that of most of the word is decreasing.
  • + 2
 You should check your sources. The US has added 50 million people in the last 20 years, and the world population is growing at an entirely unsustainable rate.
  • + 1
 It's difficult to watch videos when you put them full screen in-line in the article
  • + 2
 Carbondale is a special place.
  • - 1
 Your comment leaves me to believe that you may be a little bit special too.
  • + 2
 #fakenews Go to Idaho, feel like we've over this already.....
  • + 1
 Yes! Thank you for sending the tourists to the bike parks! Will keep the rest of CO trails open and clear, thanks again ????
  • + 2
 This is an awesome recap. well done team!
  • + 2
 Thank you!! Very happy with it. Hopefully the rest of the photos surface eventually Smile
  • + 2
 Saturated
  • + 1
 put that banana in your ass and it'd be healthier for ya........
  • + 1
 Is that Money f*ckin B in that sushi picture????????
  • + 2
 Great....
  • + 1
 Looks like smoke from the nasty 416 fire in some of the Durango pics
  • + 4
 Yeah, but the smoke is now gone from the rain. Hermosa Creek and the watershed is still closed (likely for a while), but the CT and the majority of high country is now open and riding is stellar now that we have gotten rain.
  • + 3
 @jasbushey: that's awesome to hear man! big ups to the crew there and to the locals staying strong.
  • + 4
 @jtayabji: Thanks, it was a tough month, but we're stoked to be back. Wildflowers are ripping and the rain is making some serious hero dirt.

In this you certainly hit two of the good descents. But still a whole lot more out here you really just scratched the surface. Durango itself could have its own article.

Got to put Kennebec Pass to town on the CT on the list. 22 miles, 2,000' climbing, 6,700' of descending. Hermosa tours will bring you to the top. Its our version of the Whole Ench, and its awesome.
  • + 5
 The firefighters did an amazing job with the fire. Super easy to avoid smoke there now no matter where you want to ride. Durango is very much so open for business!
  • + 1
 Does not look like fun at all!
  • + 0
 KEYSTONE!

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